Bournemouth HomeBuyers Survey

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"First Class Service. We are more than impressed with the quick, professional service we have received from this company, very clear report with good Photograph, of areas of interest, also the Team followed up the report with a phone call to make sure we understood the information that we had received. EXCELLENT. Thank you"

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What Types of House Survey Do We Offer?


SAM is one of the UK’s largest network of Surveyors with local surveyors throughout England. Our most popular property surveys are HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys and these inspections are completed by local RICS surveyors who have years of experience.

We handle all of the booking so you just need to call us for a quote and then we'll handle all of the access for you.
We offer many types of house survey including:
  • Level 2: HomeBuyers Report
  • Level 3: Building Survey
  • Damp & Timber Survey
  • Load Bearing Wall Survey
  • Chimney Breast Removal Survey
  • Snagging Survey
  • Removal of load bearing wall Survey
  • Property Valuation Survey
  • Probate Valuation Survey
  • Leasehold Valuation Survey
  • Structural Engineer Survey

If you are unsure which house survey to book click here or call us and we’ll advise you.

Not sure whether you need a Level 2: HomeBuyers Report or a Level 3: Building Survey? Find out by clicking here and seeing example reports
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Bournemouth HomeBuyers Survey

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Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Bournemouth to ensure they deliver a detailed home report to help you decide whether you should move forward with your home move or if you should pull out.

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We normally have availability within days of you booking and our turnaround for home reports are within 5 working days.

Bournemouth HomeBuyers Survey

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All of our chartered RICS Surveyors are registered with and regulated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and have indemnity insurance that covers all of the work they undertake for you.

A Home Buyer Survey - What does it cover?

A RICS Home Buyers Survey non-intrusively inspects both the external and internal structure of a property for matters which include these, among others; damp, subsidence, infestations, cracks and damage.

Whichever you opt for out of a Building Survey (which used to be known as a Full Structural Survey) or a HomeBuyers Report, they are both excellent for peace of mind if you are considering buying a property in Bournemouth.

NB If you're a first time buyer, you might wish to click on What is a House Survey to find out more, including what happens during the inspection.

Click to find out how much does a house survey cost (free, no obligation quote)
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Subsidence Inspection

The surveyor will look for signs of subsidence within the property paying special attention to signs of cracking internally and to the external walls. As a rule, if you can fit the width of a 50p into a crack in a wall, it could be a sign of subsidence. Our surveyors will flag in their reports if they feel you need to instruct a structural engineer to review a crack further.


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Damp Testing

There are numerous reasons why a property can be affected by damp. The Surveyor will take samples in the property using a damp meter and assess the condition of the property to provide a report on whether they feel the property is affected by damp. Further investigations maybe suggested including getting a damp and timber specialist. 


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Identify Infestations

Woodworm, mice, rats and ants are infestations that your don't want in your home. Your surveyor will look for visible signs of mouse droppings, damage to floor boards (when visible) and damage to wiring, carpets or skirting boards


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Asbestos

Prior to its banned use, asbestos was a commonly used building material, particularly as part of cement products, floor tiles and roofing shingles. Asbestos was used for its durability and resistance to heat and is commonly found in artex ceilings, garage roofing and chimney stacks. Your surveyor will confirm if they suspect any materials in the property have asbestos and if so, suggest getting an asbestos surveyor to intrusively taking samples of the asbestos to confirm the type.


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If the Home Buyers Survey flags up any of these defects in your property in Bournemouth then our surveyor explains what you need to do to get further advice on how to investigate them and get It resolved. 

If you are concerned about your property has any other defects then you MUST get a RICS Home Buyers Survey as the costs for repairing the defects can run into thousands of pounds. If you can identify the defect before you purchase then you can get quotes for fixing it and either share the costs with the seller, or, in worst case examples, choose not to proceed.

You can find a local RICS surveyor by using the search at the bottom RHS of this page.

Survey tips for properties in Bournemouth


Bournemouth was very sparsely populated and the haunt of fishermen and smugglers (allegedly) until 1810, when Lewis Tregonwell officially founded it as a health resort/spa town. The arrival of the railway in the mid-18th century boosted it further until it was officially recognised as a town in 1870.

It has notable Victorian architecture – parts of the splendid Royal Bath Hotel were built in 1838 abd St Peter's church was completed in 1879. Its growth continued in the early 20th century and two art deco theatres were built as well and the Bournemouth Pavilion was built in 1925.

Although Bournemouth didn't suffer extensive bombing in the 2nd World War, the sea front was heavily fortified which meant destruction of buildings and original fixtures such as lampposts.

There has been substantial redevelopment in Bournemouth and it now has a university; this has brought even more people to the town. You can find 20th century properties from every era in the town, particularly semi-detached homes and there are very recent developments and plans for more home building.

Bournemouth contains Sandbanks, a very rich enclave, which has some huge modern detached properties, many of which are unique, architecturally. The Christchurch area has older period properties and some detached houses with thatched roofs. 

There are plans to build 875 new homes at Roeshot Hill in Christchurch and for 35% of these to be affordable, from small starter homes to large family homes.


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Properties in Bournemouth built close to the River Stour are subject to flood warnings and alerts from time to time.

If you are concerned that a property you are looking to buy is in a flood risk area, you should consider getting a flood risk report (click for more details).
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Raised levels of noise pollution from roads in the Bournemouth area mainly centre around the main road - A338, impacting roads such as Maderia Road and Dean Park Crescent.
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Your RICS surveyor inspects drains during a survey of a property in Bournemouth, where the drain cover is accessible and on the site of the property.

If the drains are reported to be blocked you may need to employ a drainage company to inspect the drains with CCTV such asAce Plubing and Heating, 78 Spring Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4PT.
DorsetDorset is a county in the south of England with the English Channel on its southern coast. Its county town is Dorchester although larger cities and towns include Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Ferndown. Dorset has various different types of landscape including clay valleys, limestone ridges and chalk downs. Bournemouth and Poole have their own unitary authorities.

More than 50% of the county is classed as being in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its coastland in particular has been regarded as very interesting from a geographical/geological perspective, including the Isle of Portland, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.

Sandbanks, a suburb of Poole, has achieved the heights of having the fourth highest land values in the whole world. Adjacent counties include Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.

Bournemouth Airport offers scheduled flights to the European mainland and islands. There are no motorways in the county and the main trunk roads are the A303, A35 and A31. Poole offers ferries to France and the channel islands. Bournemouth has two universities, Bournemouth University and The Arts University Bournemouth.

Dorset has more than 30 general and specialist museums, including the Tank Museum at Bovington and the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. Grade I listed buildings include Portland Castle, a coastal fort commissioned by Henry VIII, and Christchurch Priory, the longest church in England.

Thomas Hardy, the famous novelist, was born in Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester in 1840 - his fictional town 'Casterbridge' is based on Dorchester. Enid Blyton, the children's author, allegedly bought Purbeck Golf Club for £1, using it to go on holiday in Swanage: she apparently based many of her 'Famous Five' books around the Isle of Purbeck and Poole Harbour.

Finally, in the form of the Dorset Naga, the county has a claim on producing the hottest chilli in the world, with an average score of 923,000 Scoville Heat Units. 

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Bournemouth Planning Application Search

You can review what planning applications have been granted or denied for properties in your area by contacting Bournemouth Borough Council at Town Hall, St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6DY, telephone 01202 451451, or you can check for the most recently stored planning applications online here:


Read the following article if you are thinking about building an extension.

RICS Building Surveyors in Bournemouth

Our Building Surveyors specialise in the local area and have completed house surveys in Christchurch, Poole, Ferndown, Wimborne Minster, Ringwood, Fleet and Lytchett Matravers.

We employ only expert Building Surveyors to undertake surveys in Bournemouth. Whether you are buying an old run down 'doer upper' or standard construction freehold house, our surveyors have seen them all.

With a vast number of years of experience completing surveys on properties in Bournemouth we'll be able to give you the detailed report you need to know what defects there are with your property.

You can see some of our expert surveyors by clicking here - 


Recently completed HomeBuyer Surveys in Bournemouth:


  • Flat 1, 1714 Wimbourn Rd, Bearcroft, Bournemouth, BH11 9BE
  • Flat 5, 63 Seagrim Road, Bournemouth BH8 0BB
  • 6 Approach Road, Ashley Cross, Poole, BH14 8BH
  • Lansdowne Cres, Bournemouth BH1 1RX
  • 41a Jumpers Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AR

 

What happens if your surveyor is does not inspect an area of the property?

There can be a number of reasons a surveyor might not inspect an area during their survey of a property.

Most commonly it is down to access (or lack thereof) to a certain part of the property (i.e. roof/garage) where a vendor may have forgotten to leave the key used to gain entry to the area in question. Additionally if your surveyor is physically unable to gain access to an area because, for example, there are objects in the way, they will equally be unable to inspect it in the normal way and report back on it.

Your surveyor may agree to return to a property to cover the areas that were missed in the original survey, assuming that steps have been taken to enable them to access the areas in question easily and once a date/time to return has been agreed with the vendor.